"Life goes on in Tehran" is the site of a friend of a friend. Every month the son of a famous Iranian cinematographer posts amazing pictures on his site, all taken with his mobile phone! At the moment he seems to have returned to LA, but take a look at the older files to see a side of Tehran that's rarely shown in the media. I am a big fan.
It's rare for my parents to like young writers and/or musicians from Iran. This singer/songwriter has their stamp of approval. I'm just blown away. A singer who combines complicated persian singing techniques with raw screams from the underbelly, funky ethno-rythms (the next song is in 7-beat) with electric guitar, classical poetry with his own lyrics. He's had it with Iran, and is now trying to start a life in Europe. Best of luck to you Mohsen Namjoo!
Your speakers should be very loud to properly listen to this song.
"Life is perhaps
a long street through which a woman holding
a basket passes every day
Life is perhaps
a rope with which a man hangs himself from a branch
life is perhaps a child returning home from school.
Life is perhaps lighting up a cigarette
in the narcotic repose between two love-makings
or the absent gaze of a passerby
who takes off his hat to another passerby
with a meaningless smile and a good morning ."
From "Another Birth" by Forough Farrokhzad, who passed away 41 years ago. But is still very alive.